The only French cruise line, Compagnie du Ponant is an integral part of France’s great shipping tradition. Established in 1988, Compagnie du Ponant is owned by the CMA CGM Group, the world’s third largest container shipping group and heir to the renowned Compagnie Générale Transatlantique French Line. Each of the five ships, have their own individual personality and symbolize the art of cruising “à la française” in line with our company philosophy. The fleet of 5 vessels allows for choice. Le Ponant: 32 staterooms, a refined and efficienthree-masted sailing yacht. Le Levant: 45 staterooms, a sleek thoroughbred private yacht. Le Diamant: 113 staterooms, get carried away onboard this expedition ship. Entering service in 2010/2011 two new state of the art ships Le Boréal and L’Austral: 132 staterooms and suites vessels offering a range of new itineraries. Ponant offer chic cruising without the crowds, experience the comfort of a private cruise onboard vessels of an intimate size: exclusive to between 64 to 226 guests. Interiors are elegant and uncluttered, delight in the fun and casual elegance onboard without the formalities. Discover exceptional sites and come closed to landscapes so often inaccessible to large ships. The french registry allows us to visit destinations often not visited by other lines including Cuba and Libya. Enjoy onboard seminars with international experts, passionate about their subjects, giving a further dimension to the sights you see. Exquisite dining with French and international cuisine, with complimentary wines included at lunch and dinner. Crew members, all versed in elegant discretion, will see to it that you enjoy a welcome that will make your cruise a unique experience. Ponant offer an alternative to many other traditional cruise line, discover with French chic and elegance. Many extras included: all meals while onboard, mineral water, tea, coffee, wines served during lunch and dinner, evening entertainment and events, baggage handling from pier to ship and vice versa
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